Public-health officials continued to warn of unhealthy air across many parts of the Pacific Northwest as wildfires sent thick smoke across the region, and the National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for much of Central and Eastern Washington and northern Idaho through today.
Conditions are expected to improve in the Portland metro area by Wednesday afternoon, though smoke will hover and haze will linger through the week, according to DEQ.
Schultz said the smoke has nowhere to go and is just hanging out in the high level of the atmosphere.
The smoke from the fires waft into the air and are then taken to wherever the wind blows.
We spoke with forecaster Erik Saganic at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) to find out how you can enjoy the great outdoors when the air quality isn't so great.
If you have lung disease (including asthma) or heart disease, closely monitor your health and contact your doctor if you have symptoms that worsen. If you use the car's fan or air conditioning, make sure the system recirculates air from inside the vehicle; don't pull air from outside.More news: Koepka denies Woods PGA Championship
If this week's smoky skies seem unprecedented, that's not far wrong: Thanks to an unusually unfortunate weather pattern, Seattle just recorded its worst 24-hour air quality in nearly two decades of recordkeeping.
Schools and daycare providers should consider postponing outdoor activities or moving them indoors. The only mask that the PSCAA recommends is the N95- or N100-rated masks.
Most of the province was blanketed in smoke Wednesday due to forest fires across Western Canada.
"During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour", said Environment Canada in a statement.
The Southwest Clean Air Agency's advisory listed several other suggestions to those living under smoky conditions. This is especially important if you have health concerns, are elderly, are pregnant, or have a child in your care.